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Blue corridor has been provided for the withdrawal of ships from the port of Mariupol

Tzarevna bulk carrier
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So far, several foreign cargo ships remain in the port of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, including the Bulgarian Tzarevna bulk carrier. After the Russian side informed the World Maritime Organization that it was providing blue corridors, the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs notified the owner of the vessel in order to provide the necessary crew for the evacuation of Tzarevna. 

Speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska said the Tzarevna ship is expected to leave the port of Mariupol next week.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army has lost control of the strategically important city of Lyman in the Donetsk region. According to the regional governor, Russian forces already control 95 percent of the Luhansk region. 

The offensive of the Russian forces towards Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in the Luhansk region continues. According to the head of the military administration in Severodonetsk, Alexander Stryuk, two-thirds of the city is already under siege, but its defenders continue to resist. 

In another video address, President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his conviction that Donbass would remain Ukrainian.

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